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Blog: Tour with the pros - california


Trip Dates:

2017 + 2018

dates TBD

Custom trips also avail-able. Call or email for details.

Trip Size:

8-16 participants

Total Days:

7 days/ 6 nights


San Francisco/ Thousand Oaks


Monterey Hotel Plaza & Spa

El Colibri Inn, Cambria

Hadsten House, Solvang

Hyatt, Westlake Village


Activity Level:

Moderate with challeng-ing options 40-60 miles daily van supported



Land Cost (current year):
Includes 7B/2L/5D


Single Supplement:

US $660

Bike Rental:

(on request) Madone 4.5 with Shimano 105
US $280 for either trip

Tour of California 2017, Biking

Tour with the Pros

The Tour of California is recognized as one of the largest cycling events in the United States and Great Explorations will again be offering the opportunity to cy-cle the beautiful California routes and watch world-class cyclists including three-time winner Levi Leipheimer, Chris Horner, Christian Vande Velde, Dave Zabriskie, Ryder Hesjedal and an international field that puts this race in the ranks of the Grand Tours.

In 2017 we are again offering a trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles with the opportunity to see up to 4 stages live. You will have ample chance to mix with professional racers and be up close to the action. In Great Explorations style, we’ll take care of the logistics and ensure that you will enjoy yourself to the fullest.


Tour of California


Monterey Hotel Plaza & Spa

This is the best hotel in Monterey, located close to the beach and central historical distict.

Dream Inn, Santa Cruz

A beachfront hotel in Santa Cruz, this uspcale boutique hotel is adjacent to the historic boardwalk with views of Monterey Bay from every room. There is a superb restaurant on site, Acquarius.

El Colibri Inn, Cambria
Newly opened in 2010, this boutique hotel is on the coast, just a short stroll from the quaint village of Cambria. The hotel has a wine bar, spa and oversized guest rooms. Cambria is filled with great restaurants and shops and cafes.


Hadsten House & Spa, Solvang

This hotel features large rooms with all amenities and has a spa on site. Ranked # 1 hotel in Solvang on Trip Advisor.



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Ride Info

What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

  • Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
  • 7 nights lodging
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 5 dinners
  • Entrance fees for selected historical sites, museums and wine tastings
  • Great Explorations cycling jersey
  • Wine reception on first and final nights
  • Detailed map and route instructions
  • All baggage transportation
  • All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes, including hotels, are made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions, available rooms and services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at or by telephone at 604.730.1247



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